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who is on the scene, live in silver springs to bring us up-to-date. >> this is a very dynamic and developing situation. we are getting ready news. authorities giving a news conference at this very moment. it appears that three hostages since i have just been released safely. authorities are telling us exactly what happened with the gunman. the had been negotiating with him for the last four hours. terrifying moments as a gunman carrying what looked like a bomb took hostages inside the sprawling discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. >> he came in, he was wearing what appeared to be metallic canister devices on his front and back. he also pulled a handgun out and was waiting a handgun. >> but most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what is happening until they were being evacuated. >> a little confusing, a little scary, not really sure what was happening. >> the man was carrying what looked like a disk -- an explosive device. >> we are going under the assumption that it could be explosive devices. >> the building also has its own da
early and they used their floodgates' even while expecting no serious problems. sailboat or knows -- sailboat owners were nervous. >> there is a southeast wind blowing in the bay and that is pushing in the water. as you can see, our bulkheads are even with the dock. >> the city recommended that people own vehicles to move their cars out of low lying areas. much about of the day reminded people about the flooding from 2003. all the more reason for a precaution. to be sure, one place they were thinking about to 2003 and is a belted day was over in eastern baltimore county and that is where we go. -- one place they were thinking about isabel today. >> no vehicle will be traveling them this because it is covered with water. the water has gone down since earlier today. earlier today and this morning, water was completely over that mailbox. as the rain got more heavy, the water got deeper, and deeper, and deeper. this van and car were stuck under the amtrak over past. apparently they tried to drive through and they were stuck. this woman was stock as well. that is the way she goes home.
to graduate. tim tooten joins us from the newsroom with more. >> this affects the graduating class of 2015. while the state board has taken a major first step, they're still trying to spell out what it means to become environmentally literate. dozens of the environment are part of the daily teaching schedule at the western school of technology of the environmental silent -- sites. they would like to see more students across maryland become environmentally literate. >> environmental education and literacy is threaded throughout our curriculum. this would not represent the requirement that each system develop a new course. >> the foundation has been a driving force in helping states help students learn more about the environment. by way of this new proposal. >> you will see this embedded into the curriculum. it is already there. you also see these kids taking the information into the school yard and the communities to learn about the natural world around them. >> it stops short for now of in forcing students to take and pass environmental class's in order to graduate. >> it seems to me we ar
screen, these were literally read to us by hand in the last 20 minutes or so with 100% of the precincts counted in the city state's attorney race. gregg bernstein has -- the incumbents, patricia jessamy -- leading to the margin at 1295 votes. that's slightly smaller than that was earlier in the day, but it gives the margin to the challenger, democrats gregg bernstein. this has been a long day of waiting for this final umbers, so what took so long? -- final numbers, so it took along. the night came and went with no clear winner. democrat gregg bernstein came out of nowhere to challenge the incumbent and went home before midnight clinging to a narrow lead. it widened to about 1400 votes by early morning but no one declared his victory or conceded defeat. the problem was the vote count stalled at 97% of the precincts. the other 3% or locally lost temporarily in transition. according to officials, judges neglected to turn in the memory cards from 82 voting machines after the polls closed. those machines were spread across 12 polling places from various parts of the city. o
are warning about a tax if the korans are burned. the extremists could retaliate here in the u.s.. >> this means that pastor jones might have seen the light. late breaking news. >> exactly. >> this shows it press is reporting that terry jones will cancel the koran-burning event. one of three american hikers jailed in the run will be freed as an act of clemency at the end of ramadan. the iranian culture ministry said that they would be released at a hotel. the message did not say who would be released but one of the people have serious medical problems. >> 5 maryland public schools can now add a national blue ribbon to their list of accomplishments. the word came down from washington. we have more on the story. >> this is a pretty big deal. the blue ribbon gives schools a national profile and the staff members get academic of bragging rights. the announcement was made by the u.s. education secretary. 304 schools awarded blue-ribbon spinto among them baltimore county's eastern technical high school. this latest news has tracy curtis and her daughter who is a student here singing th
with intervention and treatment. if he is elected, he would be taking us back 60 years. >> he knowledge is that racial overtones are hard to ignore. >> it is going to be there whether we say it or not. it is elected politicians to kind of walk a fine line of making certain suggestions without really saying it or sometimes there may be real differences. >> early in the campaign, she charged that if for upon and is elected, the city will become a police state. >> he is going to be a rubber- stamp for the police department. >> this offer says the office has a historical resonance for african-american residents. >> it is an emotional kind of deal, because he was unseated -- >> the back in the 1970's, he played the race card. >> you must teach a lesson and the only way to do it is with a jail and was shooting people. >> those candidates are planned to the grassroots supporters. >> this election is a full of things. >> following a debate, she made a statement many city residents found disrespectful. >> a federal court is like a private school and a high rent district. the baltimore city attor
and join us live in west baltimore. hello, david. >> burns did pick of the endorsement of a well-known attorney and a former judge. >> how are you? >> fine. >> this that both -- they both spent part of their day campaigning. >> i think his platform is superior to hers. she had a failed tenure as the state attorney. >> later, the baptist minister party conference representing more than 200 of the city's religious leaders announced their backing for patricia jessamine. this persistent violence that seems to play every neighborhood, she has been a tireless worker for prevention, drug treatment on demand. >> bernstein says he is willing to consider alternate to jail for drug charges. >> many the intervention and prevention? >> i encourage those programs and a good partner with people who want to set them up. it is not the job of the state's attorney to be initiating them and creating them. >> she stands by her record and expresses disappointment that in her words it has been distorted. >> i have had tough political challenges in the past. i think this has been the most divisive. >> i
duty to vote. >> voting early is the same process we are used to on election day. it is the same electronic voting machines and the same check-in process. the only difference is where you vote. >> they do not go to the regular precinct. >> to find an early voting polling place, go to our website, wbaltv.com. >> early voting for the primary election runs through thursday, september 9. there will be no voting on sunday. we have posted a link to all the early voting locations on our website, wbaltv.com. just click on politics. >> even though private employers hired more people in the last three months, the unemployment rate went up because not enough jobs were created to absorb the growing number of people looking for work. the jobs report was not great, but it was reassuring enough for starks to jump this afternoon. -- for stocks to jump this afternoon. >> the good news going into this labor day holiday, private employers added 67,000 new jobs in august, making a double-dip recession seem less likely. the bad news, unemployment went up any way to 9.6%, showing once again in the eco
're asking people to use common sense precautions to prepare for tropical winds. that is what we are going to get. >> trash cans were moved off the beach. they are expecting some minor flooding. overall, they are feeling confident that ocean city will be spared from any major damage. >> we will get through this. this is another storm. we feel comfortable with the forecast. we are ready to go and ready to clean up quickly. >> here is another live look at some of the surfers out here in the inlet. again, they are the only ones allowed into the water. very quickly, we're told the emergency center operator will be here for a limited time tomorrow morning. it is going to get serious tomorrow. i am getting wet. look at my pants. is that fair enough? i went in and got dirty. we will see what happens. we will have another live report for you at 6:00. >> you get all to the news, all. he is sending updates to our live wire at wbaltv.com. you can get updates from him and the weather service. you'll also find links to the live wire on our home page. >> here we go again. another oil rig fire is burning
to prevent thieves from stealing their cars. >> the victim was struck repeatedly with the club usually used to secure automobiles. >> simmons called 911 to report what happened. she told the operator, "my aunt is lying on the floor diana. she said, "i hurt her and i do not know why." the located simmons in the dining room with blood on her hands, face, clothing. it down the locking device and blood was on it. >> the investigation is still quite preliminary. we do not have an indication of motive at this time. again, the suspect was taken into custody. i am sure more will develop. >> simmons is being held without bail. she was given a psychiatric assessment today and a bail hearing is set for tomorrow. barry simms, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a verdict tonight in the first of several trials. he is one of six suspects charged with planning and carrying out the death of william reporter. we are live in robinson with the latest tonight. lee said? >> the jury took less than two hours to convict the guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. >> no one thought she was really going to do it. >> he is charged w
wiener joins us live in pikesville with a closer look at that race. >> supporters will gather here in pikesville. joe's will gather in the parks bill. they say they feel good. the board felt the people say they feel caught -- cautiously optimistic. their styles could not appear more different. consider a few weeks ago. i took an elevator to interview them. the farmer and the lawyer who worked together side by side for years are caught up in a campaign that some call ugly and aggressive. >> he had to vote in a white t- shirt today because of laws for having campaigned promotions. when he came out, he put on his collared shirt back on. it is a matter of the voters for baltimore county to decide whether they want to move forward with positive leadership as we move in the future to make his catch a better place for all of us. his opponent and colleague voted back on september 3rd joining the early voter crowd. >> we will pump everyone up and we are all excited, right? >> he told us on sunday he was surviving these final days on coffee and read all. that same day, bartenfelder said he w
that the u.n. that the u.s. government might have or restricted the 9/11 terrorist attacks. -- might have orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. steve handelsman has the latest. >> world leaders and president obama reacted strongly. the iranian president ahmadinejad made a speech yesterday. >> it was offensive. it was hateful. and, particularly, for him to make this statement here in manhattan was inexcusable. >> of course the u.s. government is a cassette -- is upset. again, today, ahmadinejad claimed that some of the u.s. government orchestrated 9/11, which he emphasized that led to many more muslim deaths. >> we're saddened that people were killed in 9/11. hundreds of thousands of people were killed and our region as a result. >> why bring that up now? >> it appealed -- it deflects from the nuclear issue. >> western all of rage today. >> bizarre, offensive. >> it might actually help. the iranian president said that in ron might actually offered to meet with major powers next week -- iran might actually offer to meet with major powers next week to end the standoff over the nuclear pro
. this has the makings of a major flood event over much of the northeastern part of the u.s. and including the mid atlantic. >> it started in parts of south florida earlier in the day, making everyday chores and the commute miserable. crews spent the morning filling sandbags and heavy rain pulled on streets and created problems for this car, which ended up in a ditch. for others along the eastern seaboard, it was a day to prepare for nicole's arrival. >> we have not had a major storm in north myrtle beach in over 10 years. >> the mayor warned that there could be some low-lying flooding and rip currents, but did not expect a call to deliver much more. >> we are not recommending any one board up. the sustained winds are supposed to get no more than 45 miles an hour, so we feel like we are in good shape. >> nicole's path is similar to two other previous storms, hurricane floyd in 1999, and guinness in 2005. low-cost significant flooding and damage in florida and parts of the northeast. now that nicole is getting ready to leave her mark, the question is how much damage will she leave behind? >
all of that yellow and orange to the south of us. that is moving in our general direction. it will likely cut at least parts of central and eastern maryland. more soggy weather on the way. >> thank you. our interactive radar can help you stay ahead of severe weather. go to wbaltv.com. in a deal that could lead to higher air fares across the country, southwest airlines announced they will spend billions of dollars to acquire airtran. >> it will expand southwest market. >> bwi has already -- is already considered a hub airports for southwest. despite the company says, will the deal hike fares? >> the talk to low-cost carriers announced monday that they plan to merge under the name and colors of southwest. dallas-based southwest airlines bought its competitor in a $3.4 billion deal. >> now that we have joined forces, the potential to spread low-fare is is even greater. >> pending a government regulatory approval, the deal gives southwest a neighbor -- and even tighter grip on the baltimore washington travel market. southwest would no longer have to compete with airtran for lo
. hopefully the court of appeals will agree with us. >> it sends a good message to the community and also to the gang members that he did not even have to be at the scene of the crime to get life without parole. this is a message that we need to send that any gang members who ordered the killing more violence can 18 -- can pay the price. >> they say it is the best outcome the could have hoped for in this situation. >> justice has been served today. >> he has five years left on an armed robbery sentence. once that one ends, this one will begin. wbal-tv 11 news. >> tonight, baltimore county police are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found around 11:00 p.m. last night on stone gate court. lowell melser is live with more on the case. >> baltimore county police really are not saying much on this case only that they have found the body of a hispanic male. they're calling this death "suspicious." after talking to neighbors, we are learning much more at least according to what they are saying. they feel the man may have been targeted by gangs. baltimore county detectives work the
. >> what the american people have told us they want is that we the fund, repeal and replaced. >> in addition to higher taxes, health insurance warn customers should be prepared to pay more for coverage. >> people will see higher costs associated with those new benefits. they are required to have more coverage and new people added to policies and previously were. >> insurance companies have been working since the bill was signed into law to prepare for the changes, investing in new technology, working with hospitals and doctors to try to improve care while containing costs. >> health-care plans are having to make a significant number of changes in their own operations. >> more sweeping reforms are set to take effect in four years. >> there is one piece of the health care law that will affect many young adults up to the age of 26. it is good news for students who can stay on their parents' health insurance longer. we have reaction from our education reporter with more on that story. >> this legislation would extend what maryland law currently has on the books. students say they
are negative. what this tells us more than anything else is there is not confident about where things stand. >> 61% of the country is headed in the wrong direction, a climate that could spell disaster for democrats. >> when the party in power is looking for change, the incumbent party loses. >> the president continues to lose approval rating. despite a recen focus on economic recovery, residents in milwaukee on monday presented in a pledge for infrastructure spending. >> that is the choice we face this far. do we want to go back or do we want to go forward? cracks in a major economic talk will be in cleveland tomorrow. >> they are not concerned about the president's poll numbers. they're concerned with whether or not they have a job, how they will pay the bills. >> the poll numbers are sure to be a concern for some democrats. they are evenly split on which path -- which party they like to see in power. among likely voters, republicans now hold a nine point lead. they could gain control of the congress. today, robert gibbs says he remains confident the democrats will stay in control. in wash
happen to us for a reason. i believe that my destiny is to impact positively baltimore city, and i think i have an opportunity to do that. [applause] >> a few hours later, applause greeted gregg bernstein as he spoke about his victory, from the very spot he announced his candidacy. >> people were ready for a change, and ready for a fresh approach to tackling the crime and violence in baltimore's neighborhoods. >> birds dean tells us what else he plans to do -- bernstein tells us what else he plans to do as baltimore's top prosecutor. >> despite six days of early voting opportunities, voter turnout in maryland's primary appears to have been the lowest on record. the maryland state board of elections reports the official polling place turned out to be about 24%. montgomery county had the lowest turnout, with only 18%. garrett county had the highest turnout, with nearly 40%. the board's turnabout records go back to 1982. -- turnout records. >> tonight we are learning more about yesterday's triple shooting that ended in a murder- suicides at johns hopkins hospital. police say a man distraugh
every day. the head of security told us the alleged shooter check in with security upon entering the hospital at 11:00 today, and like any other visitor, received eight visitors wristband. only high-risk patients and visitors are screened. high-risk peak -- people are those the hospital no could pose a risk to others. johns hopkins does not have metal detectors at any entrance. >> we have over 80 doors, loading docks, emergency exits to these campus buildings. to put a magnetometer at 80 , and the required armed forced that would need to be staffing the magnetometers, is not realistic. >> the head of security also told us that as far as he knows, there are only one or two hospitals in the country that have metal detectors. as far as we have been told, officials are not sure which entranced mr. davis went into. they are in the process of checking surveillance video to see if they can make a timeline and actually map out this whole situation. we are told that the hospital will review and evaluate its visitor screening policies and its overall security procedures. >> you can keep up
. there was one group, this was the group we took down, they were using fake weapons. >> police have issued warrants but are searching for suspects in the other robberies and have little to no description or surveillance video to go on. that is disconcerting to shoppers at the mall. >> i shop here and my family shops here. we might go in shopping monday and it could happen while we are there. >> we should have more police protection in the area so patrons will not feel insecure. >> the police department is doing just that in the wake of this string of robberies. >> he robbery unit will work with the store and we will make sure they're using hidden cameras. you will see a heavy presence of plainclothes officers at the mall as well as private security forces. >> officials said eight -- said that a statement saying the safety and well-being of our shoppers and retailers is our top concern. the mall continues to work with police to provide a safe and secure environment for shoppers and merchants. police are reminding people in the area to be vigilant and report anything suspicious. >> more test
taylor is familiar with the danger of laser pointers while in flight. he joins us live from skyteam 11, with more. roy right now, hazmat crews are working to clean-up a hydrochloric acid spill in southwest baltimore. authorities say about 55 gallons of the acid spilled in the 29-hundred block of whittington avenue around 9-45 this morning. 11 workers at two buildings in that block had to be evacuated. fire officials say the acid is used by an etching and stone business. no >> they have until september 15 to figure out if their fuel contaminated the schools water. >> after almost five month, bp release the results of an internal investigation today. the controversy over report led -- outlines what the company believed led to the worst wells. -- the worst oil spill in the country's history. >> it appears the company is spreading the blame for the deep water rights in tragedy. >> there was no single action that caused the accident. >> an internal investigation released what it believes led to the well. most of those go back to halliburton. they used fewer centralize servers during cementi
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